After 17 years as a quarter of Death Cab for Cutie, Chris Walla has announced his departure from the band.
“I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here. I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you,” the guitarist said in a post for Seattle paper The Stranger.
Walla will continue performing with the band for the remainder of its summer festival appearances. His last show will be at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, B.C., Canada on Sept. 13.
The remaining members of Death Cab released a statement of their own regarding Walla’s exit. In addition to praising Walla, the statement sheds some light on the band’s forthcoming LP.
“We’ve had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris and are very proud of what we’ve accomplished together, including our 8th studio album which we have just put the finishing touches on,” it reads. “We will miss Chris and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. We’re excited about sharing new music, and seeing all of you very soon.”
Slated for release in early 2015, the album is the first Death Cab For Cutie release to feature on outside producer as Walla produced all the band’s previous full-length efforts. For the new record, the band enlisted the help of Rich Costey (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand).